As Theda Skocpol illustrates in her tremendous civic history, Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life, the major institution in civic life for much of American history was the “federated membership society.” Millions of Americans were a part of organizations like the Elks and the Rotary, the Masons and the American Legion– groups that met regularly in local chapters, but federated up into national societies with shared rituals, symbols, and values. These organizations not only provided community and encouraged moral uplift– they also were powerful democratic forces in local, state and national politics. This use of this civic form has been in decline since the mid-20th century, but I am hoping to bring it back. To start, I want to take the civic values and practices discovered while realizing The North Virginia Project and bake them into a new federated membership society. Updates regarding the development of this new “civic order” stream below.